Zafgen,  Inc.
ZAFGEN, INC. (Form: 8-K, Received: 03/09/2017 16:12:35)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): March 9, 2017

 

 

Zafgen, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

DELAWARE   001-36510   20-3857670

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

175 Portland Street, 4th Floor

Boston, Massachusetts

  02114
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (617) 622-4003

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On March 9, 2017, Zafgen, Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. A copy of the press release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

The information in this Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit

No.

  

Description

99.1    Press release issued by Zafgen, Inc. on March 9, 2017, furnished herewith.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: March 9, 2017     ZAFGEN, INC.
    By:   /s/ Thomas E. Hughes
      Thomas E. Hughes, Ph.D.
      President and Chief Executive Officer


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

No.

  

Description

99.1    Press release issued by Zafgen, Inc. on March 9, 2017, furnished herewith.

Exhibit 99.1

Zafgen Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

-On Track to Complete Dosing of Phase 1 Clinical Trial for ZGN-1061 by the End of the First Quarter of 2017-

BOSTON, March 9, 2017 – Zafgen, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZFGN), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to significantly improving the health and well-being of patients affected by metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and obesity, today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results.

“2017 is set to be a pivotal year for Zafgen, as we further elucidate the efficacy and safety profile for our second generation MetAP2 inhibitor, ZGN-1061, and establish a path forward for the candidate in underserved type 2 diabetes and obesity indications,” said Thomas Hughes, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Zafgen. “Over the past few months, we have progressed our ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating ZGN-1061 and, in parallel, have advanced our understanding of ZGN-1061’s key differentiating characteristics from beloranib, with a particular emphasis on drug safety. Over the course of this coming year, we plan to leverage the data emerging from our clinical trials and non-clinical studies, along with discussions with experts and regulators, to define an efficient clinical development program for ZGN-1061 in commercially-relevant patient populations.”

Recent and Upcoming Clinical Highlights

 

  The Company is currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial for ZGN-1061, a highly-differentiated, second generation MetAP2 inhibitor. The clinical trial includes a single ascending dose (SAD) portion, which is complete and enrolled approximately 48 healthy patients, as well as a multiple ascending dose (MAD) portion that is currently ongoing and evaluating twice-weekly administration of ZGN-1061 for safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamic effects, including weight loss efficacy over four weeks in approximately 24 overweight and obese patients. The Company expects to complete dosing of the Phase 1 clinical trial of ZGN-1061 by the end of the first quarter of 2017, and report results early in the second quarter of 2017.
  Assuming that results of the Phase 1 clinical trial are positive and support advancement, the Company expects to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial in Australia for ZGN-1061 in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes in the second half of 2017.
  The Company has evaluated the properties of both ZGN-1061 and its predecessor compound beloranib with a particular focus on pro-thrombotic characteristics, and has developed a mechanistic basis for compound differentiation and the improved safety margin in non-clinical studies associated with ZGN-1061.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

“We are in a strong financial position, with a healthy balance sheet and an efficient clinical development plan that will take us through key value-creating milestones for ZGN-1061 with our current resources,” stated Patricia Allen, Chief Financial Officer of Zafgen. “We continue to expect our cash runway to extend through the end of 2018, by which time we expect to have data from a Phase 2a clinical trial for ZGN-1061. Based on our current development timelines, we expect that our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance will be greater than $65 million at the end of calendar year 2017.”


Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $129.2 million.

Net Loss

The Company reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $10.4 million, or $0.38 per share, compared to a net loss of $23.2 million, or $0.85 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The Company reported a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2016 of $57.9 million, or $2.12 per share, compared to a net loss of $74.3 million, or $2.78 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015.

The weighted average common shares (basic and diluted) outstanding used to compute net loss per share were 27,332,515 for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 27,238,079 for the fourth quarter of 2015. The weighted average common shares (basic and diluted) outstanding used to compute net loss per share were 27,297,934 for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 26,756,079 for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Research and Development Expenses

Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $7.3 million, compared to $17.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $39.9 million, compared to $54.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease in research and development expenses for both periods as compared to the prior year periods was primarily due to a decrease in pre-clinical, clinical and manufacturing costs related to beloranib and ZGN-839, partially offset by increased costs related to ZGN-1061 as we shifted focus to ZGN-1061 in July 2016.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $3.2 million, compared to $5.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $18.3 million, compared to $19.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease in general and administrative expenses for both periods as compared to the prior year periods was primarily due to a decrease in professional fees. For the fourth quarter of 2016 there was also a decrease in personnel related costs as compared to the prior year period primarily as a result of the reduction in workforce during the third quarter of 2016.

2017 Financial Guidance

The Company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance will be greater than $65 million as of December 31, 2017.

Conference Call Information

Zafgen will host an investor conference call today, March 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2016 and full year 2016 results as well as other forward-looking information about Zafgen’s business. Investors and other interested parties may participate by dialing (844) 824-7428


in the United States or (973) 500-2177 outside the United States and referencing conference ID number 77476849. The call will also be webcast live on the Company’s website at http://ir.zafgen.com/events.cfm. A replay of this conference call will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on March 9, 2017 through March 16, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the United States or (404) 537-3406 outside the United States. To access the replay please provide Conference ID number 77476849.

About ZGN-1061

ZGN-1061 is a fumagillin-class, injectable small molecule second generation MetAP2 inhibitor that modulates the activity of key cellular processes that control the body’s ability to make and store fat, and utilize fat and glucose as an energy source. In pre-clinical studies, ZGN-1061 has demonstrated promising efficacy and potency in animal models of type 2 diabetes and obesity, with an improved pharmacokinetic profile and safety margin relative to previous molecules in the MetAP2 class. ZGN-1061 is anticipated to improve glycemic control while also helping to reduce hunger and restore balance to fat metabolism, enabling calories to once again be used as a productive energy source, leading to improved metabolic control and long-term weight loss. ZGN-1061 is currently in Phase 1 clinical development. Zafgen holds exclusive worldwide rights for the development and commercialization of ZGN-1061.

About Zafgen

Zafgen (Nasdaq:ZFGN) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to significantly improving the health and well-being of patients affected by metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and obesity. Zafgen is focused on developing novel therapeutics that treat the underlying biological mechanisms of metabolic diseases through the MetAP2 pathway. Zafgen has pioneered the study of MetAP2 inhibitors in both common and rare forms of obesity. Zafgen’s lead product candidate is ZGN-1061, which is a novel, first-in-class, twice-weekly subcutaneous injection. Zafgen aspires to improve the lives of patients through targeted treatments and has assembled a team accomplished in bringing therapies to patients affected by metabolic diseases.

Safe Harbor Statement

Various statements in this release concerning Zafgen’s future expectations, plans and prospects, including without limitation, Zafgen’s expectations regarding the use of ZGN-1061 and other MetAP2 inhibitors as treatments for metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and obesity, including the improved safety margin, including as it relates to pro-thrombotic characteristics, associated with ZGN-1061 over beloranib, Zafgen’s expectations with respect to the timing and success of its pre-clinical studies and clinical trials of ZGN-1061 and its other product candidates, and Zafgen’s expected cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance as of December 31, 2017, may constitute forward-looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “could increase the likelihood,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “is planned,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “will enable,” “would be expected,” “look forward,” “may provide,” “would” or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of those terms. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, without limitation, Zafgen’s ability to successfully demonstrate the efficacy and safety of ZGN-1061 and its other product candidates, the pre-clinical and clinical results for ZGN-1061 and


its other product candidates, which may not support further development and marketing approval, actions of regulatory agencies, which may affect the initiation, timing and progress of pre-clinical studies and clinical trials of its product candidates, Zafgen’s ability to obtain, maintain and protect its intellectual property, Zafgen’s ability to enforce its patents against infringers and defend its patent portfolio against challenges from third parties, competition from others developing products for similar uses, Zafgen’s ability to manage operating expenses, Zafgen’s ability to obtain additional funding to support its business activities and establish and maintain strategic business alliances and new business initiatives when needed, Zafgen’s dependence on third parties for development, manufacture, marketing, sales and distribution of product candidates, the outcome of litigation, and unexpected expenditures, as well as those risks more fully discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Zafgen’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Zafgen’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent Zafgen’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Zafgen explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


ZAFGEN, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2016     2015     2014  

Revenue

   $ —       $ —       $ —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

      

Research and development

     39,936       54,618       27,391  

General and administrative

     18,289       19,195       8,141  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     58,225       73,813       35,532  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (58,225     (73,813     (35,532
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

      

Interest income

     894       438       28  

Interest expense

     (529     (806     (870

Foreign currency transaction gains (losses), net

     (18     (105     (104
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense), net

     347       (473     (946
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

     (57,878     (74,286     (36,478

Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value

     —         —         (92
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (57,878   $ (74,286   $ (36,570
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

   $ (2.12   $ (2.78   $ (3.00
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

     27,297,934       26,756,079       12,189,155  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 


ZAFGEN, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended December 31,  
     2016     2015  

Revenue

   $ —       $ —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

    

Research and development

     7,275       17,706  

General and administrative

     3,200       5,540  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     10,475       23,246  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (10,475     (23,246
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

    

Interest income

     230       193  

Interest expense

     (97     (180

Foreign currency transaction gains (losses), net

     (97     59  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense), net

     36       72  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

   $ (10,439   $ (23,174
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss per share , basic and diluted

   $ (0.38   $ (0.85
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

     27,332,515       27,238,079  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 


ZAFGEN, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     December 31,  
     2016     2015  

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 32,352     $ 35,595  

Marketable securities

     96,842       149,484  

Tax incentive receivable

     347       1,323  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     1,358       1,708  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     130,899       188,110  

Property and equipment, net

     661       902  

Other assets

     61       94  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 131,621     $ 189,106  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 2,572     $ 7,495  

Accrued expenses

     3,733       6,112  

Notes payable, current

     3,589       2,936  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     9,894       16,543  

Notes payable, net of discount, long-term

     —         3,453  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     9,894       19,996  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock; $0.001 par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2016 and 2015; no shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and 2015

     —         —    

Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 115,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2016 and 2015; 27,332,551 and 27,242,503 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively

     27       27  

Additional paid-in capital

     359,329       348,961  

Accumulated deficit

     (237,549     (179,671

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (80     (207
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     121,727       169,110  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 131,621     $ 189,106  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

This selected financial information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K which includes the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015.


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